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BMW M6 sports coupe

BMW has a new hero as the “king of the road” that All-new BMW M6 Coupé.

M6 Coupe sports car was launched PT BMW Indonesia in IIMS 2012 auto show on Tuesday.

BMW Indonesia president director Ramesh said the BMW M6 Coupé Divyanathan bring the performance number one packing with innovative luxury and comfort.

“The high demand for BMW M cars, the main reason for the presence of the All-new BMW M6 Coupé in Indonesia,” he said.

The model carries a capacity of 4.4 liter V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that can generate power to 560 hp and torque of 680Nm.

The model was equipped with M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic seven-speed, Active M Differential.

“A lot of people who look down upon this car because the model over to the sedan not a sports car, but do any of these models can be directly at the Sentul race without tuning,” said Communications Director of PT. BMW Indonesia, Helena Abidin.

The model has accelerated from rest to reach a speed of 100 km / h in just 4.2 seconds. Na fuel consumption 10.1 km / l and emissions of 239 g / km.

“Despite the power increase by 10 percent and 30 percent of peak torque up to 680 Nm, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can actually be reduced to 30 percent,” said Ramesh.

The model uses lightweight materials made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) on the roof.

Dark colors on the roof creates elongated silhouette on a two-door sports car. The use of lightweight materials on the roof makes the central point of the car’s weight remains in the bottom thus improving stability.

Safety features include front and side airbags, head protection airbags for front seat and rear.

The seating model has an electric control for height, forward and backward and angle sert headrests with integrated active head restraint to reduce potential injuries due to rear-end collision.

For multimedia, the model has the iDrive system with a 10.2-inch flat-screen monitor frame of chrome, also equipped with Navigation system Professional.

With this feature, the driver can choose between several programs such as the DSC mode, the character of the engine, Dynamic Damper Control mapping, M Servotronic responses and M Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) Drivelogic.

The model is also equipped with Comfort Access System, Head-Up Display is colored with data specific driving M, Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System with 16 loudspeakers and a 1200 watt output.

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Wholesale Auto Detailing – A Nice Business Model

Before retirement, I was in the franchise business, and amongst other things we franchised mobile auto detailing rigs around the country. Each time a new franchise buyer would contact me, I can see they had dollar signs in their eyes, and they were hoping to detail customers who might own a Ferrari, Bentley, or Rolls-Royce. The reality is that although there are plenty of customers with those types of vehicles, most detailers make their money detailing for the middle class.

Therefore most of the cars they are detailing our BMWs, Mercedes, Corvettes, Cadillac, Range Rovers, Jaguars, Lexus, and yes, the higher end vehicles too. But interestingly enough, if you really want to make a lot of money and auto detailing, it pays to have wholesale auto detailing accounts, and actually skip the personal cars. Of course, there isn’t as much prestige in doing it this way, but there is often less competition, and an abundance of work, in fact there is usually enough work in any given city to keep a crew of 10 people or more busy full-time.

Sometimes there is so much work you can’t get it all done, and you experience constant controlled chaos in your scheduling, and trying to keep track of it all. There are auto auctions, car dealerships, bank repos, and fleet vehicles. Wholesale auto detailing is a nice business model, and it’s much different than just concentrating on high-end cars for high net worth individuals. Often you will find the proprietor of a wholesale automotive detailing establishment with their sleeves rolled up, whereas you will find someone who does only prestigious automobiles sporting the fancy clothes, expensive watch, and fancy shoes – basically a ten-gallon hat, but no cattle.

The reality is that the chances are very good that the business owner engaged in the wholesale work is actually making quite a bit more money, and lives in a nicer house, and probably even drives a nicer automobile, might even own a private plane too. Perhaps it is for this reason that I always looked at the franchise buyers rather funny when they told me that they wanted to clean in detail very expensive cars for rich clientele. That might sound nice, but it’s not a very good business model as compared to automotive detailing at the wholesale level.

Interestingly enough, those companies that try to do both, often lose control of their shops. It’s almost as if they need to be in separate buildings, because the business models are so very different. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

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How to buy a car

You have picked the car that looks perfect for you, but what should you do next?

If you are buying new, you can choose to buy in a multitude of different ways. As well as traditional outlets like franchised dealers and brokers you can also buy online, and direct from the manufacturer.

While franchised dealers tend to operate from showrooms, brokers avoid glitzy sales facilities, and focus on reducing their overheads to keep prices low. Buying online can see cars delivered direct to your door – keeping the process as simple as possible.
Buying from dealers

Dealers are often a preferred choice because of their knowledgeable staff and in-house aftersales support systems. Many are linked to manufacturers, and include workshops which employ mechanics who specially  in a specific brand.

New car dealers offer the opportunity to touch and feel the new car you are interested in buying – and also offer test drives. Dealers may also offer to top up official manufacturer supplied warranties with their own, offering extra peace of mind.

Dealers are supplying direct from the manufacturer, which means you can choose every last detail of your new car’s specification. You will also be listed on the V5 registration document that comes with the car as the first owner – something that will add value to the car when you resell it.

BEST FOR:
Peace of mind
Full choice
Ease of purchase
Servicing and aftersales support
Deals on latest models
Will take trade-in vehicles
Finance packages to help you buy

BAD POINTS:
Higher prices
Sales staff often have an agenda
Prices are not transparent
May not be in a convenient location
Buying from brokers

Brokers manage the purchase process – which means you are paying them to buy a car for you. They are a good choice for people who don’t have a car to part-exchange, or are focused on getting the very best price… and are not too worried about choosing every last detail of the model they intend to buy.

Because they buy lots of cars, brokers get cheap prices by buying unsold stock. Cars are sometimes imported from overseas, where currency fluctuations, or inferior specification can make them cheaper. CarBuyer recommends you only buy UK supplied cars from a broker.

Cars from a broker are sometimes pre-registered, which means you will be listed on the vehicle’s V5 registration document as the second owner. This could have an effect on the length of the warranty offered by the car. Compared to franchised dealers, brokers choice can be limited by the stock they have access to, and you may have to compromise on specification.

BEST FOR:
Low prices
Transparent deals
Pressure free sales

BAD POINTS:
Long waiting times
Lack of dealer back up and knowledge
Lack of choice
Harder to check vehicle’s particulars
Buying online

You can already buy from brokers online, but manufacturers and dealers are also beginning to sell new cars online.

Manufacturer supported online sales offer transparent deals, without you needing to engage in negotiations with showroom staff. The system also offers agreed values for trade in cars, as well as finance options. As the service is still new, not all manufacturers are involved and choice is limited.

BEST FOR:
Ease of purchase
Servicing and aftersales support
Can offer deals on latest models
Will take trade in vehicles
Finance packages to help you buy

BAD POINTS:
Limited choice
Not all manufacturers signed up
Finally, read the small print

Wherever you end up buying, make sure you’re presented with a clear and final price for the car before you agree a sale.

It’s also worth making sure that the car you are buying is the very latest model.

When a new range is released there is sometimes an overlap where both the new and the old models are still able to be purchased. All sorts of extras can be added to the price, including VAT, number plates and delivery costs, so make sure these are included in the price you are quoted. Check the delivery date, it can take a number of months for a broker to supply the car you have chosen.

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Hyundai Santa FE 2014 Grand European auto market

The news comes from a new auto Hyundai car soon introduce a new variant which was named Grand Hyundai Santa FE 2014 will be in his next March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The car made ​​by Hyundai is expected to be able to gate openers Hyundai sales in the European automotive market, comes with a dimension of 10 mm high, 225 mm longer, and 5 mm more width of regular variants Santa Fe, Hyundai Santa Fe 2014 Grand comes a car with the capacity 6-7 passengers plus luggage capacity of 607 liters.

In addition to the advantage of the dimensions of the car, the other advantages possessed 2014 Hyundai Grand Grill located on the front that has a lot on the update and a new front bumper, plus fog lamps, alloy wheels with size of 18-19 inches, also of available sunroof, steering wheel with 3 modes of comfort 4.3-inch touch screen.

To complement the performance of the Hyundai Grand streets Santa 2014 is equipped with a diesel engine capacity of 2.2 liters, the engine is capable of generating power at 197 horsepower (145 KW), combined with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Cars with Interior Ultimate in the World

Since its creation crew, every car is always equipped with luxury features and advanced technology. Not only to win the hearts of consumers, automakers also hopes its product can be an amazing tool of transportation all the time.

As currently practiced, the car manufacturers are competing to create a car with a luxurious interior design like an office. They deliberately presenting interior equipped with internet connection devices and other digital entertainment systems.

Obviously this is easier for owners who are always busy with work. Indirectly the producers deliberately conjure car interior into a luxurious office space and magnificent.

Not long ago, automotive websites, automotto, released 10 car that has a luxurious interior in the world. Here’s the full list:

1. Brabus iBusiness 2.0

Home modifications Mercedes-Benz S-Class Mercedes conjure into iBusiness 2.0. Premium sedan is equipped Mac Min, planted in the trunk and connected with 15.2-inch TFT display.

There are also iPad-dock is connected to Wi-Fi, which is mounted on the back of the front seat backrest. Moreover, the COMAND infotainment system (car COMAND infotainment system).

Not only that, there is also the iPod Touch in the rear center console that allows passengers to enjoy streaming music with a pair of headphones or to a car audio system.

2. RIDES Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai cars and creations exhibited in the arena RIDES Magazine SEMA a few years ago. This luxury sedan carries the theme ‘Mobile Executive Suite’.

The car is designed for executives, 8.4-inch LCD screen, which is mounted on both the front seat headrests.
Surely this can pamper passengers in the rear.

Not only that, in the back of the front seat backrest MacMini also comes complete with keyboard and mouse. Another addition is the 20-inch Apple Cinema.

3. DeceDeca Daihatsu Concept

The car, dubbed the small office was designed with a flat floor. And there are two rear seats can be folded and rotated with 36 inch flat screen monitor.

There is also a tabletop unit that can be folded down. Of course, this car is very possible to be a meeting by the passengers.

4. SUV LimousinesWorld

LimousinesWorld a mobile office platform specialized in SUVs like the Ford Expedition, Cadillac Escalade and other large vehicles.

Each car is equipped design results captain chairs, leg braces the bottom, a fridge. Passengers are pampered with two 7-inch flat screen, stereo system AM / FM / XM, VGA connection to the computer, a PC connection, and hands-free intercom.

5. Mercedes-Benz Viano Avantgarde

This German car is a vehicle that big and comfortable. There are four VIP leather seats in the back, complete with extra padding. The chair can be shifted up to 25 mm.

For ease of communication, the passenger and the driver supplied handsfree bluetooth, CD / DVD drive, voice command for the CD player, radio, and navigation systems

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Official McLaren Super Car Sightings

After years of lively discussion, the successor to the legendary McLaren F1 car finally disclosed officially. McLaren car called P1 has just made his debut in Paris.

The appearance of this car is as seductive flavor and this is the first appearance and last before McLaren was officially launched in early 2013.

The car was shown at the Paris Motor Show which is being held. At the car show, whose real name Mondial de l’Automobile McLaren explains that this is a preview of the successor to the McLaren F1 supercar that is planned will they reveal in the coming months.

“McLaren P1 will be the result of a history of 50 years on the track and on the streets,” said Executive Chairman Ron Dennis McLaren.

“Twenty years ago we limit the McLaren F1 supercar performance and our goal is to define P1 McLaren once again,” he added.

“Our goal is not always to be the fastest in the business topspeed but a series production road car the fastest and most profitable in the circuit. This is a true test of all abilities supercar and technical statements are more important. Our goal is to make McLaren P1 to be the most interesting, most capable, the most technologically advanced and most dynamic ever achieved supercar ever made, “said McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff.

The design looks very sexy, but still continued into account the technical side such as aerodynamics and downforce which makes it a road car capable of racing cars. This car also has the function of the DRS (drag reduction system) like a race car.

Unfortunately, McLaren did not want to divulge the machine what would be the heart. Only Chief Design Engineer McLaren Dan Parry-Williams says that the car body will be made of lightweight carbon fiber materials but this will be a powerful exotic cars that will have great power but still easy to control and not wild.

“Downforce is amazing really makes driving easier and faster. As you go faster, you actually feel more in control. Every body panel, air intake and exhaust is designed to guide the air from the most efficient and maximize cooling, “straightforward Head of Vehicle Technology McLaren Automotive, Simon Lacey.

Rumors thrive if the machine is to be used with a capacity of 3800 cc V8 engine that is able to bring this car accelerates from rest to 100 km / h in just 2.5 seconds.

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Used Porsche – How to Get the Most Out of Yours

There are some cars which have been manufactured with a particular destiny in mind for them. This could be to be driven every single day and accrue hundreds of thousands of miles before finally giving up on life and grinding to a halt on the hard shoulder of the motorway. Adversely there are some cars that will be lovingly looked after, spending the majority of their days covered by a dustsheet in somebody’s garage. When you buy yourself a Porsche 911, you can be sure that it is going to be in the latter camp rather than the former.

I personally think it is something of a tragedy that the vast majority of high-performance vehicles (vehicles which have been built and tuned to an undeniably high specification) spend 95% of their lives gathering dust. You can understand why this is the case when you take a look at the costs of running a car like a Porsche 911.

Firstly there is the initial outlay of buying one of these sports cars, add to this the top bracket insurance, tax costs and all of a sudden the bills start to mount up considerably. There are a few ways that you can reduce the cost of owning a sports car like a Porsche though.

Primarily, I would recommend checking out the Used Porsche market as this is where the most affordable bargains are going to be. As I have explained, cars like Porsches don’t get taken out a great deal so you can be sure that it will have been looked after.

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Are Cars Just a Male Thing?

The automotive industry has long been considered a male dominated environment but is this still the case in the 21st century? Or are women now playing a more prominent role in an industry that has historically not been known for female participation?

The world of car related T.V. shows is driven by BBC’s Top Gear and the current all-male presenter line up has proved to be a winning combination for years. But, back in 1997, there was a female presenter on Top Gear named Vicky Butler-Henderson, who has since gone on to present Fifth Gear on the UK’s Channel 5 broadcast. Unfortunately for her, Quentin Wilson and Tiff Needell, the original Top Gear was cancelled in 2001 which saw the trio launch Fifth Gear the following year.

Motor sport has also traditionally been an area dominated by males. In the history of Formula 1 for example there have only ever been five female drivers who have had any involvement, with only one of those scoring points in a competitive race, which was Lella Lombardi back in the mid 1970′s.

Rallying and motorbike racing are also very male orientated and while there are females in both of these sports, they are vastly outnumbered by men. But, it’s not just taking part in motor sport that’s male dominated, the spectators at F1 and Superbike races are also largely made up of men.

Another common example of the male dominance in a car environment are those instances where you take your car to a garage to be repaired, with the likelihood being your car getting examined by a male mechanic. This is another industry that is almost exclusively male, although there are self-employed female mechanics across the UK who market themselves solely towards the female population.

There is one particular area of the motor industry that has seen an increase in the number of females, however, and that’s driving instructors. If you search online or look through any local directory, the chances are you will find an exclusively female driving school in your area.

If you speak to people who learned to drive around 20 years ago, they will probably nearly all tell you their instructor was male. This has definitely changed in recent times and has come about partly because there is now a demand for female instructors, with many women feeling safer and more comfortable being taught by a female rather than a male. However, the driving instructor industry itself has opened up and moved away from just being ex-forces and policemen, and people from all walks of life have made the transition to teaching others to drive.

There’s no doubt whether you’re male or female that it’s a great feeling to pass your driving test and get out on the open road; but not before you’ve ripped up those ‘L’ plates and rung around for the right car insurance quote. Once you’re out and about in your new car, a whole new debate opens up about whether males or females are the better drivers, but that’s best left for another time!

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Price negotiation tricks

Driving a hard bargain isn’t just about knocking down the price – it’s about making your money go further. It can also mean getting valuable optional extras thrown in for free, or upgrading to a higher trim level.

Haggling might not come naturally to all of us, but try to remain focused on your needs.

Dealers will be ready for you to negotiate – and will even start the discussion on price, if they think you are a serious buyer.

You’ll need the facts at your finger tips! The more information you have at your disposal the better, so it’s worth writing down everything you need to know before talking to a sales manager.
Check out the manufacturer’s website

Before you head for the showroom, it’s worth seeing if there’s anything in the manufacturers official online ‘offers’ section that applies to the car you are interested in buying.
If you’re planning on trading in your current car, then check its market value beforehand by looking at the prices of similar models for sale. Push the dealer into sticking as close to that price as possible. Ask if you can make up the difference with optional extras.
Be as open as possible, and answer the dealer’s questions in full. If you don’t tell them exactly what you want, you can’t expect them to be able to help you fully.

Paying in cash, or need a loan?

Finance deals are a great way to spread the cost of buying a car, but check the interest rates against loans from a high street bank to ensure you are being offered a competitive rate.
If you choose a Hire Purchase (HP) loan that includes an agreed buyback value, it’s possible that there will be restrictions on your new car’s use – like a set annual mileage. Make sure these are limits you can live with, as the penalties for going over can be quite high.
Even if you’re sure that this is the right car for you, be brave and talk up cheaper rivals while discussing the price. If the salesman thinks you might be put off by the higher cost, then he’s more likely to try and sweeten the deal to convince you – throwing in everything from metallic paint to a full tank of fuel.

Timing counts

The sales staff are likely to have targets to hit, so timing is a key factor in getting a good deal. Going in at the end of the month – when they’re close to their targets – can be a great way to get a bigger discount then normal.
The same applies logic applies in March and September, as this is when the registration plates change, and dealers will be keen to shift existing stock.

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Audi R8 Vs BMW M6

With the sunlight hours getting shorter and the weather getting gloomier, the motorway is a dull and dreary place during the daily commute. In an ideal situation a sports car would make the world of difference and it’s forgivable to daydream given the wealth of choice that the range offers.

It seems that every country has more than one sports-car manufacturer to its name now and some which weren’t historically associated with the range. Take BMW and Audi, for instance. Once typically associated with luxury and saloon cars, both have offered up some formidable sports cars in recent times and Audi’s new R8 is on a competing level with the BMW M6, or is it?

There are many aspects to consider when judging a sports car, and they’re not all related to the performance. After all, when you buy a sports car you want people to look at it with more than a touch of admiration and the green-eyed monster. Especially as, if you’re motoring around England, it’s safe to say that sitting in traffic jams won’t be too unfamiliar.

On a looks basis the Audi R8 is a clear winner. While the BMW M6 is certainly sleek and boasts some nice five-spoke alloys, it is somewhat pedestrian. It’ rear three-quarter profile looks worryingly reminiscent of the 3-Series Compact and there’s an inescapable sensation that you’re looking at a plumped-up Peugeot 406 Coupe. Not what you want if you’re dropping upwards of 80k on a motor.

In sharp contrast, the Audi R8 is just that: sharp. It exudes a sense of powerful speed even just sitting still. It’s all ducts and intakes sculpted into a smooth body that looks like some hunched-up predator waiting to rip the road into pieces. Given that the R8 wades into your bank and takes just under 80k, it had better look like it’s about to break every speed limit.

The Audi R8 also boasts a higher theoretical top speed of 301 km/h to the M6′s 250 km/h. I say theoretical as it’s highly unlikely that you’d get a chance to push the accelerator all the way to the floor and keep it there long enough outside of a track day and keep you license. Given that these cars aren’t exactly Class 1 on the insurance level, the fewer points you have on your license for being caught tugging over the tonne on the motorway the easier it’ll be to get insured.

So the real element, performance-wise, that makes the difference is acceleration. Which one hurls you into the back of your seat and keeps you there until you lift your right foot off the gas?

Well, let’s look first at that poised monster the A8. Is it an animal waiting to pounce? It is. This thing will get you from 0-70 in under six seconds, five point five to be precise and do a quarter mile in under 13. Knowing that you don’t join the motorway at zero, let’s put it another way: the V8 lurking beneath all that sculpted shine will get you from fifty to seventy in just two and half seconds, I think it takes me longer than that to complete a sneeze.

So, what of the M6? It may look like a on over-fed hot-hatch but it’s hiding a naturally-aspirated V10 engine beneath that blue-and white badge. This means that even the lightest touch will send the rev counter up like a racing car.

Yet all those lucky motoring writers have said that it’s easy to feel like you’re sat in luxury saloon than a racing car, especially on the more gentle and un-challenging roads. Like the motorway, then, which even it’s name brings to mind. Isn’t the M6 the longest motorway in Britain?

Accounts of driving the Audi R8 have it surging out of corners with a sense of almost violent urgency, amazing speed and grip and leaving many addicted to it. Not having a spare 160k in my account, or even half of that to buy one, or being a motoring journalist with a questionable hair-style it’s unlikely that BMW or Audi will let me get a chance to test these cars for myself and thus conclude the day-dream testing.

With that in mind, and statistics being famously unreliable, I shall have to give the day-dreams on the grey motorway mornings to the Audi R8. A supercar needs to look like it’s moving even if it’s not. When you see it in your rear-view you want to feel a bolt of terror that if you don’t get out of its way fast, your car will be eaten.

The R8 screams power and force and has the engine to match. It’s the kind of car you keep locked in the garage so that it doesn’t scare the neighborhood children or passing Alsatians. For a more gentlemanly power-stroll though the M6 would be parked on the drive so as not to terrify the neighbours.